If only the walls at Cole’s Restaurant & Bar could talk. Memorabilia collected through the years covers nearly every square inch of this 84-year-old staple of the Elmwood Village. There’s a rowboat that had its moment in the 1960 Olympics hanging from the rafters, a series of carousel horses and dozens of college pennants.
Cole’s honors its rich past while also keeping up on current trends. The bar has nearly three dozen microbrews on tap and the wing options are doubling this year. Chef Nick Rada spent two years living in Asia and brought back new flavors like sticky sweet soy sauce and sweet chili gochujang to add to the ranks of the classic versions the Shatzel family has served since taking over the pub in 1972. And Cole’s is one of the only spots on the trail where you can pair five wings with a beef on weck sandwich, an only-in-Buffalo combo that should be experienced at least once.